Path and Pavement Bicycles

 

Which Path & Pavement Bike should I buy?

 

Path and Pavement bikes are urban bikes that are designed with a greater focus on comfort and style rather than outright speed or durability. The bikes are designed to look good, whilst being easy and comfortable to ride. They prefer conveniences like kick stands, carbon belt drives, and pannier racks rather than the weight savings by not including such additions.

There are a number of different categories including the popular hybrid bike. Hybrid bikes make use of road bike size wheels for increased speed, combined with the durability of a mountain bike frame and components. Using slightly larger tyres combined with a short travel fork, the bike is more comfortable than a regular flat bar road bike. Vintage, Ladies or City bikes allow the rider to be more upright than a conventional bike, and often feature balloon tyres, baskets, fenders and a step through frame for easy dismounting.

Lastly the urban commuter bikes are designed to be efficient, low maintenance and able to withstand the any punishment the urban jungle might throw at it, whether it be pot holes, gutters or crowded bike racks.

 

Compare Path & Pavement Bikes

CATEGORIES
MODEL
ADVANTAGES
DISADVANTAGES
IDEAL FOR
City Bike with Solid Fork

Urban Bike with Solid Fork

  • Great all rounder. 
  • Lightweight durable alloy frame
  • Tyres are wider which increases stability and comfort
  • Disc brakes give great stopping power
  • Plenty of gears for all uphills
  • Comfortable seating position
  • Lighter than a mountain bike

 

  • Slightly heavier than an endurance or flat bar road bike
  • A commuter that will ride on roads, bike lanes and pavements
  • Fast and reliable bike to commute up to 30km
  • Lightweight bike to carry over steps, into garages and storage lockers
City Bike with Front Suspension

Hybrid Bike with Front Suspension  

  • Lighweight durable alloy frame
  • Front suspension adds comfort to the bike and allows it to be ridden on light off road trails
  • Tyres are wider which increases stability and comfort
  • Disc brakes give great stopping power
  •  Plenty of gears for all uphills
  • Comfortable seating position
  • Front suspension adds weight to the bike
  • Not as fast as a Road Bike or a City Bike with Solid Forks
  • Commuter that will occasionally take the bike to dirt roads and fire trails 
  • Sturdy bike to go up and down curbs and a few steps
  • Want the extra comfort of a front suspension
  • Reliable bike to commute up to 30km
Folding Bikes

Folding Bikes

  • Foldable frame takes little space in a garage, car trunk or caravan
  • 20 seconds to fold/unfold the bike
  • Perfect to carry on the bus or train and ride in the city
  • Adjustable seatpost and handlebar match any rider's height
  • Rear rack to carry a bag or purse
  • Small wheels and bike shape not ideal to cover long distances
  • Riders with limited storage capacities 
  • Commuters that take the train or/and bus
  • Caravanist that want a small bike to carry around
Cruiser Bikes

Cruiser Bikes 

  • Perfect bike to cruise around town, beach or back country
  • Upright riding position
  • Alloy frame won't rust
  • Thick tyres add comfort
  • Low maintanence gears and brakes
  • Not ideal as a commuter bike
  • Limited number of gears can make steep uphills hard
  • Limited choice of frame sizes
  • Cruising up and down the beach or down to the cafe
  • Relaxed riding
  • Short to medium duration rides (less than 2 hours)
  • Riders looking for a low maintenence bike
Electric bikes

Electric Bikes

  • Electric motor makes it easier to climb hills and ride around
  • Shorter travel time
  • Lightweight electric bike meaning you can still pedal if battery runs out
  • Upright riding position
  • Electric motor with limited range (25 to 50km)
  • Heavier than a "normal" bike
  • Commuter wanting the extra help of the electric motor to ride to work and not get sweaty in the process.
Tandem bikes

Tandem Bikes

  • Fun for 2 on one bike
  • Allows for a person who doesn't know or can't ride a bike to enjoy the full cycling experience in a safe way
  • Alloy frame keeps the bike light
  • Plenty of adjustment to shorter and taller riders
  • Long wheelbase makes manouvering in tight spaces hard
  • Need to remove both wheels to transport in a car
  • People who would like to ride together on the same bike.
  • People who would like to ride with a companion who may have a disability and unable to ride their own bike.

 

Latest Path & Pavement Bikes Reviews
Polygon Path i8 Disc - Carbon Belt Drive City Commuter Bike

Polygon Path i8 Disc - Carbon Belt Drive City Commuter Bike

By: on 28 March 2017
Ive been riding the i8 for six months and love it. I commute entirely by bike every day, and have abused the wheels on potholes, gutters and stairs with no hint of coming out of true. Brakes are awesome, belt drive is awesome. Highly recommended
(5)

Polygon Heist 5.0 - 29er Hybrid Commuter Bike

Polygon Heist 5.0 - 29er Hybrid Commuter Bike

By: on 14 March 2017
I bought the bike a few weeks ago. It was easy to setup. I have already clocked 150km. I really cannot fault the bike. It rides very smoothly. Now that I have given the bike a bit of a run i think it just needs a few little tweaks here and there with the gearing. Nothing major though. The chain feels as if its got a little bit of slack. But that could only be because my 30 km ride to work and 30 km ride back from involves going over some bumpy roads. The chain tends to bang against the frame a little going over these bumps. I will have that adjusted at my local bike shop if needed. Overall I am really happy with my purchase.
(5)

2017 Polygon Path 3 - 29er City Bike

2017 Polygon Path 3 - 29er City Bike

By: on 28 February 2017
I purchased a polygon path 3 recently and have been hugely impressed by the service and the product. Bicyclesonline do it right
(5)

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